Obituaries - April 24, 2013

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Wendell Smith

Wendell Lee Smith, 76, of Rudy died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 1, 1936, in Alma to the late Claude and Dorothy Smith. He was the retired owner and operator of a backhoe business. He helped build Crawford County Speedway and spent many happy years racing there. He served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kay Smith of the home; a daughter, Diana Smith of Rudy; two sons, David and Scott Smith, both of Rudy; a grandson, Steven Smith of Rudy; a sister, Patsy Clepper of Lampasas, Texas; a brother, Richard Ray Smith; six other grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was April 22 at Oliver Springs Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Steven and Matthew Smith, Ricky and Kevin Brown, Brad Hall and Chris Hamilton.

To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.

William McBrayer

William M. McBrayer, 84, of Van Buren died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at a local hospital. He was the former owner and manager of the Allied Electrical and Power Inc., Navy veteran of the Korean War and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Van Buren.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Alma Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Cremation was under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

He is survived by four sons, Daniel McBrayer and Scott McBrayer, both of Van Buren, Patrick McBrayer of Arlington, Texas, and Robby McBrayer of Coppell, Texas; and five grandchildren.

Shirley Jenkins

Shirley Lorena Jenkins, 77, of Spiro died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at her home. She was born June 8, 1935 in Oolagah, Okla., and a retired certified nursing assistant.

She is survived by two daughters, Lori Lawton of Russellville and Nancy Hamby of Spiro; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The body was cremated under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Robert Gattis

Robert “Bob” Gattis, 78, of Van Buren, formerly of Fort Smith, died Friday, April 19, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born March 6, 1935, in Shady Point and was a graduate of Fort Smith High School and Texas A&M University with a bachelor of arts degree from the school of business. He was a veteran of the Army Reserve, serving as a lieutenant, and had become captain at his time of discharge. For 41 years, he was a part of the family business with his father-in-law, Jack Ragon Sr., and his brother-in-law, Jack Ragon Jr., owning and operating the leased shoe departments in Hunt’s Department Stores. The family also owned stores in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas operating as Ragons and Ragon-Gattis before closing the last store in 1999. He was an active member of Goddard United Methodist Church, a longtime member and past president of the Fort Smith Rotary Club and past member of the Bost School board of directors, serving as president of the board in 1977. Bob served on the board of directors of the Arkansas Retail Merchants Association from 1986-92.

He is survived by his wife of 56, Mary Margaret; a daughter, Julie Jeffcoat of Fort Smith; a son, Keith Gattis of Fort Smith; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was April 22 at Goddard United Methodist Church with burial at Forest Park Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.

Memorials may be made to Goddard United Methodist, 1922 Dodson Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901; or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Melba Jones

Melba Jones, 56, of Van Buren died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at a local nursing home. She was retired laundry supervisor at Sparks Regional Medical Center and member of the Dora Pentecostal Church of God.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today at the Morrison Cemetery in Rudy under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

She is survived by three daughters, Kassie Jones, Kimberly Jones and Cathryn Jones, all of Van Buren; two sisters, Patsy Carter of Van Buren and Naoma Link of Fort Smith; two brothers, James Mattingly of Branch and Darrell Mattingly of Rudy; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Link, Richard Chronister, Anson and Danny Jones and Michael and Darrell Mattingly Jr.

Loveda Jones

Loveda Jones, 59, of Fort Smith died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a homemaker and retired from manufacturing.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby; two sons, Billy Hopkins of Muldrow and Ronnie Hopkins of Sterling, Colo.; two sisters, Rhonda Poole of Van Buren and Tina Pitts of Fort Smith; two brothers, Darren Langley of Cedarville and Eugene Langley of Malvern; mother, Georgia Langley of Cedarville; and three grandsons.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Salem Cemetery in Cedarville.

Pallbearers will be Jamie, Scott, Nathan and Darren Langley Jr., Andy Jones and Roger Johnson.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Bobby Boyd

Bobby Lee Boyd, 59, of Van Buren died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at a local hospital. He was a forklift driver for Allen Canning Co. in Van Buren and of the Baptist faith.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry; two daughters, Stephanie King and Vicky Bollinger, both of Fort Smith; two sons, Bobby Shane Boyd of Van Buren and Brandon Lee Boyd of Fort Smith; one sister, Diane Moore of Van Buren; a brother, Freddy Boyd of Van Buren; and eight grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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